What influences todays salaries?
Let’s take a look at industrial hygienists whose primary job is management / administration. As of January 1, 2000, $77,778 was the average salary among 817 industrial hygienists with this responsibility. Twenty-five percent of the respondents earned $60,333 or less, and 75 percent earned $90,750 or less.
The average salary for females was substantially less than that of males ($69,577 versus $80,472), but gender alone may not be the reason. The average salary based on education ranged from $68,594 for a BS or BA compared with $96,032 for respondents with a DrPH or PhD.
Also, the average salary for managers/administrators varied considerably based on company size and current employer. Those with the Certified Industrial Hygiene certification averaged $85,420 — $7,642 more than the overall mean. The Professional Engineer (PE) certification provided the greatest premium, an average salary of $95,166 — but this is based only on 29 respondents in management/administration.
Researchers say the most positive pay correlations across virtually all job functions surveyed were years at current employer and number of people supervised. For most industrial hygienists there is a real pay premium for staying at the same employer and taking on supervisory responsibilities.